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ROLLING THUNDER: An Historical Novel of War and Politics (Wings of War Book 1) by [Berent, Mark]

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Berent is a decorated Air Force pilot who served three tours in Vietnam. His first novel is essentially a series of vignettes and anecdotes loosely structured around the yearlong tours of duty of Air Force Captain Court Bannister and First Lieutenant Toby Parker, with a ground-force counterpoint in Special Forces Major Wolf Lochert. Principal villains are the Washington policy-makers who send men to die in a war they are not allowed to win. Within this intellectually unsophisticated black-and-white framework, however, Berent's laconic, jargon-rich narrative evokes moods eclipsed by later and more spectacular events. Set in the mid-'60s--the last stages of the professionals' war, when career soldiers were still able to believe in what they were doing--the story focuses on ground-support operations over the south of Vietnam. This was a war the Air Force had been unprepared for and was uninterested in fighting, a war of obsolescent fighter-bombers flown by men who had dreamed of becoming astronauts, and of the Forward Air Controllers, the daring FACs, who called them in on almost-invisible targets. Yet as the novel ends, its protagonists intend to return for another tour of duty, which has come to overshadow survival in their minds. Fortunate is the country, Berent tells readers, where such men wear its uniforms; may they never again be so betrayed. The message is no less powerful for being predictable. Literary Guild and Military Book Club alternates; author tour.
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"A taut, exciting tale of good men in abad war. Berent is the real thing." --- Tom Clancy

"Rolling Thunder is terrific - a novel of exceptional authenticity thathits like a thunderclap. A decorated Vietnam pilot, Mark Berent knows planesand men and battle, and he whirls them around in a story of uncommonstrength." W.E.B Griffin


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Berent is a decorated Air Force pilot who served three toursin Vietnam. His first novel is structured around the yearlong tours of duty of Air Force Captain CourtBannister and First Lieutenant Toby Parker, with Special Forces Major Wolf Lochert. Principal villains are the Washingtonpolicy-makers who send men to die in a war they are not allowed to win. Withinthis intellectually unsophisticated black-and-white framework, however,Berent's laconic, jargon-rich narrative evokes moods eclipsed by later and morespectacular events. Set in the mid-'60s--the last stages of the professionals'war, when career soldiers were still able to believe in what they weredoing--the story focuses on ground-support operations over the south ofVietnam. This was a war the USAF had been unprepared for and wasuninterested in fighting, a war of obsolescent fighter-bombers flown by men whohad dreamed of becoming astronauts, and of the Forward Air Controllers, thedaring FACs, who called them in on almost-invisible targets. Yet as the novelends, its protagonists intend to return for another tour of duty, which hascome to overshadow survival in their minds. Fortunate is the country, Berenttells readers, where such men wear its uniforms; may they never again be sobetrayed.  Literary Guildand Military Book Club alternates; author tour.
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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  • File Size: 3302 KB
  • Print Length: 416 pages
  • Publication Date: August 1, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0019LNUVA
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